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Enybeny Cristmas Ransomware

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that most often takes the form of an email or a webpage attachment, but can also be installed remotely. The ransom demands are typically in the form of Bitcoin.

The victims are usually asked to pay with Bitcoin to unlock access to their files from a server hosted by the attacker. The attacker then promises not to hold any other files for ransom and deletes all copies of their malware from the victim's machine. Sometimes, however, they may keep some copies and wait for more Bitcoin payments before releasing all data back to its owner.

How Does Ransomware Spread?

Ransomware utilizes a variety of tactics for spreading its malware -- one of the most common is email spam. Every email that has ransomware in it has either been sent by the attacker or has been forwarded by someone on their list. Hackers often use spam as a way to get around firewalls and security software like virus scanners and anti-malware software, which may not catch malware with ransomware attached. Ransomware uses tactics like this to spread because an attack that targets a large number of people will increase the chance that some person will have malware on their computer and that person may decide to attach it to an email they send out (or forward) instead of opening it themselves.

These days, it's easy to mistake ransomware for regular spam. Many of the emails that contain malware have only minor details that differ from those of a regular email -- and you don't have to look too closely to miss them. Ransomware emails often resemble normal business email correspondence or bills, without any significant difference besides a larger attachment. When you look at the email address the communication is coming from, it may not be suspicious at all -- it looks like an address similar to a friend or business associate, when in fact it's the attacker who is sending you this information and malware.

How Does Enybeny Cristmas Ransomware Work?

Enybeny Cristmas Ransomware is a type of ransomware that has been seen on the internet in 2017. It is not yet fully known what way it spreads but it mostly includes an email from a trusted person that either sends the user ransomware or they are forwarded by someone on their list. This makes it difficult to know when you have malware attached to your email, as most emails with only minor details differ from those of a regular email and you don't have to look too closely to miss them. The malware will ask for the owner's personal information and then they will demand $900 before unlocking access back into their files. It also installs itself into the desktop and will encrypt files automatically when the user opens any file on the desktop. This is why it is important to backup any important files and keep them offline or in a backup cloud.

Some of the specifics of Enybeny Cristmas Ransomware:
·          It targets all files including databases, images, videos, documents, audio tracks, etc.
·          Encrypts all extension of files with .xmy extension with RSA-1024 public encryption key.
·          Encrypts all files such as .doc, .docx, .jpg, .png with.xmy extension with RSA-1024 public encryption key
·          It will send emails to all the recipients who have received the message.
·          It encrypts offline files and sends them back via email to the sender.
·          It can infect an entire hard drive if it is allowed to install itself in every file on a user's computer.
·          It tries to connect to the Internet through various IP addresses in different countries.

How to Remove Enybeny Cristmas Ransomware

One way to remove Enybeny Cristmas ransomware is by using anti-malware software. Anti-malware software will be able to detect the malware and remove it without much trouble at all.

If you don't have any anti-malware software, then the best way to remove this type of ransomware is by backing up your computer and keeping the backup offline or in a cloud. Make an additional backup of your files while before going through this process, as it may take a while for backups with ransomware attached to decrypt without being able to automatically self-destruct all data on your computer.

How to Protect My Computer From Ransomware

1. Do not open email attachments from people you don't know or have never been sent any email with a file attached on their behalf before.
2. Install anti-virus software that can protect against ransomware and other malware threats.
3. Always keep updates to a minimum and only install updates when they are suitable for your computer.
4. Don't open email attachments from people you don't know or have never been sent any email with a file attached on their behalf before.
5. Install anti-virus software that can protect against ransomware and other malware threats.
6. Always keep updates to a minimum and only install updates when they are suitable for your computer When ransomware is found on a victim's computer, the first thing to do is look at what files were encrypted by the ransomware, as this will have details about files that were affected by it, as well as how it gets in without anyone noticing on the victim's computer.

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